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OT - Can Carfax ever be wrong ?!?

I was planning to buy this '94 Grand Cherokee in MD for the price of $7600 with 64000K on it but there is a problem. Apparently it has a VA salvage title. The thing is, I looked it over to to bottom and I couldn't see signs of previous accident of any kind. Can Carfax be wrong? It it's true I wouldn't be able to get full coverage on it in VA (if I could get it titled at all). What a bummer. It looks spotless and drives nice too. What could have happened? What to do?

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Date: Wed, 29 May 2002 11:51:05 -0500
From: [email protected]
Subject: CARFAX History on VIN:[1J4GZ78YXRC123611]


ALERT! CARFAX search results confirm this 1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED (1J4GZ78YXRC123611) DOES NOT qualify for the $5,000 Clean Title History Guarantee. By ordering this CARFAX Report, you have significantly reduced your risk of purchasing a vehicle with a costly hidden problem.
Section #: Section Name: Section Results:
Vehicle Specifications 1J4GZ78YXRC123611 1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED
Title Check Clean Title History NOT Guaranteed
Odometer Rollback Check

No Odometer Rollback Detected
Problem Check No Problems Found
Registration Check Checked 7 types of vehicle registrations
Vehicle History Details 10 Total Vehicle History Records Found
NOTE: This vehicle has not been inspected by CARFAX and it may have problems that have not been reported to CARFAX. CARFAX recommends a vehicle inspection by a professional mechanic.
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How did CARFAX analyze this vehicle's history?
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VIN: 1J4GZ78YXRC123611
Year/Make/Model: 1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED
Body Style: 4 DR. WAGON/SPORT UTILITY
Engine: 5.2L V8 MPI
Fuel: GASOLINE
Driveline: 4 WHEEL DRIVE
Carburetion: FUEL INJECTED
Cylinders: 8
Manufactured in: UNITED STATES
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ALERT! CARFAX search results confirm this 1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED (1J4GZ78YXRC123611) DOES NOT qualify for the CARFAX Clean Title History Guarantee. CARFAX analyzed this vehicle's title history to determine if any title documents were designated or marked with the following types of problems:
Problem Titles Checked: Results:
Salvage/Junk
Checked - Salvage/Junk Title Found
Rebuilt/Reconstructed
Checked - No Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title Found
Flood Damage
Checked - No Flood Damage Title Found
Damage Disclosure
Checked - No Damage Disclosure Found
Manufacturer Buyback (LEMON)
Checked - No Manufacturer Buyback Found
Exceeds Mechanical Limits (EML)
Checked - No EML Found
Not Actual Mileage (NAM)
Checked - No NAM Found

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GOOD NEWS! CARFAX search results on this 1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED (1J4GZ78YXRC123611) did not uncover a potential odometer rollback. CARFAX analyzed this vehicle's reported odometer readings to determine if any reading is less than a previously reported reading.
Date Reported: Odometer Reading: *****
09/24/1993 18 *******
10/19/1995 13,260 *******
07/13/1999 34,480 *******
08/05/1999 34,494 *******
07/25/2000 47,202 *******
03/02/2001 51,574 *******
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GOOD NEWS! CARFAX search results on this 1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED (1J4GZ78YXRC123611) did not uncover any of the following problems:
Problems Checked: Results:
Accident
Checked - No Accident Record Found
Salvage Auction
Checked - No Salvage Auction Record Found
Failed Emissions Inspection
Checked - No Failed Emissions Record Found
Fire Damage
Checked - No Fire Damage Record Found
Crash Test Vehicle
Checked - No Crash Test Vehicle Record Found
Grey Market Vehicle
Checked - No Grey Market Vehicle Record Found

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CARFAX search results on this 1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED (1J4GZ78YXRC123611) identify the types of state motor vehicle department registrations, other than private, that appear in this vehicle's history.

Registrations Checked: Results:
Lease Checked - No Lease Registration Found
Rental Checked - No Rental Registration Found
Government Checked - No Government Registration Found
Taxi Checked - No Taxi Registration Found
Fleet Checked - No Fleet Registration Found
Commercial Checked - No Commercial Registration Found
Non-Profit Checked - No Non-Profit Registration Found

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The CARFAX database contains a total of 10 vehicle history records on this*1994 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED (1J4GZ78YXRC123611):
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DATE
REPORTED *** ODOMETER
READING *** INFORMATION
SOURCE *** GENERAL
COMMENTS
09/01/1993 *** *** *** Virginia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Falls Church, VA
*** Registered as
private vehicle

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09/24/1993 *** 18* *** Virginia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Falls Church, VA
Title #82591866
*** Title or registration issued

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09/24/1993 *** *** *** Virginia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Falls Church, VA
Title #82591866
*** Title issued

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10/19/1995 *** 13,260* *** Virginia
Inspection Station
Falls Church, VA
*** Passed emissions inspection

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07/13/1999 *** 34,480* *** Virginia
Inspection Station
Alexandria, VA
*** Passed emissions inspection

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08/05/1999 *** 34,494* *** Virginia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Centreville, VA
Title #94708015
*** Title or registration issued

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07/25/2000 *** 47,202* *** Virginia
Inspection Station
Alexandria, VA
*** Passed emissions inspection

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03/02/2001 *** 51,574* *** Virginia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Charlottesville, VA
Title #50042372
*** SALVAGE TITLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED

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04/11/2001 *** *** *** Virginia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Falls Church, VA
Title #90736280
*** SALVAGE TITLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED

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04/20/2001 *** *** *** Maryland
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Rockville, MD
Title #30544981
*** Registration issued

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Salvage/Junk Title States issue salvage titles when an insurance company takes possession of a vehicle as a result of a claim. This generally occurs after a vehicle has been declared a total loss. States issue junk titles to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state.
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Re: OT - Can Carfax ever be wrong ?!?

Only scenario I can figure is the car was stolen and not recovered, so the insurance company paid the owner on the claim, then the car was recovered, but it was OK. Since they had already paid on a claim they had to apply for a salvage title to get ownership to sell it.
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Re: OT - Can Carfax ever be wrong ?!?

I figured something along those lines but I wasn't sure how it all works. Still, even if I buy it and able to title it in VA again I won't be able to get full coverage on it. I'm not sure if I should go with that. Maybe if he drops the price to $4000... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Another problem you might have is that most financial institutions will not loan money on a vehicle that has a Salvage title.That is unless you are going to pay cash or do some kind of a trade.
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Re: OT - Can Carfax ever be wrong ?!?

First off, one number or letter out of place when the data entry person was doing your VIN, and you have the wrong info...
So YES, they can be wrong.
It's just not very likely...
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There are a lot of ways to total a car out...
The one that is getting the most attention now is the flood cars.
If the car was in a flood on a dealer lot, and water entered the cockpit, it's an automatic total by federal law.

Pull the carpets and floor mats back to see if you can find a water line...
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I had a friend that bought a 'Salvage Title' car.
It was in a hail storm, and had to have 170 hail dents pulled and be repainted.
The body shop guys had it done in less than a week.

It is the coolist thing to watch them pull hail dents!
The heat the area with a heat gun (doesn't even blister the paint) and then sock a wet rag soaked in ice water on the dent.
You can actually heat the dent pop out!
A little spot filler and some paint, and you can't tell the car was ever damaged.
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Doesn't matter if the car is brand new, a lot of states require that if a dealer has the car and it is damaged to where the car has to have paint on it, the car MUST be sold as 'Used' or 'Salvage'.
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Re: OT - Can Carfax ever be wrong ?!?

Exactly Aaron. Since I work at a yard I see it all the time. My wifes car is salvage. Needed a door and fender. Bought it for $8000 under retail..........FIXED!
I see them all the time with next to no damage that get "totalled" and have to have a salvage title. (we had a 99 metro with a dent in the fender and needed a headlight!!!!!! that was salvage)
Actually my take on this is................I love salvage cars...............they make great AFORDABLE drivers that I can get my money(all of it) back out of after driving it for 3 + years.[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Try that in your off the lot car.[img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
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